Zoya has played into the archetypal images of the bad girl/good girl with their fall collection of Wicked and Wonderful nail polishes. The Wicked collection, six micro-glitter polishes, and the Wonderful, six cremes, instantly conjured up images of Elphaba and Glinda in my beady little brain, but the folks at Zoya went another route, and named all the shades after the ladies of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Whether you go in for reality television or not, at least some of the polishes will earn a place in your fall nail repertoire.
Carrie Anne – a cheerful pinky red microglitter
Karina – dark pink microglitter
Kym – thoughtful burgundy microglitter
Cheryl – rusty brown microglitter
Julieanne – disco-fabulous purple microglitter
Edyta – exotic green microglitter
Kelly – sophisticated grey crème
Stacy – bright plum crème
Burke – magenta crème
Kristi – candy apple red crème
Cola – cherry-soda brown crème
Shawn – a mix of olive and forest green crème
For ladies pressed for time this fall, the Wicked polishes looked great with a single coat, since both the colored glitter and the pigment of the carrying polish popped on the nails, but the Wonderfuls definitely needed the usual two coats to look respectable. The polishes retail for $7 at www.artofbeauty.com, but samplers of Wicked or Wonderful (a set of six each) go for $36.
– Katharine McKenzie